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intr.v. su·per·vened, su·per·ven·ing, su·per·venes
1. To come or occur as something extraneous, additional, or unexpected.
2. To follow immediately after; ensue.
3. Philosophy To be dependent on a set of facts or properties in such a way that change is possible only if change occurs in those facts or properties.

[Latin supervenīre : super-, super- + venīre, to come; see gwā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

su′per·ven′ient (-vēn′yənt) adj.
su′per·ven′ience (-vēn′yəns) n.
su′per·ven′tion (-vĕn′shən) n.


1. (Logic) supervening
2. (Philosophy) philosophy (of a property) inseparable from the other properties of something. Two objects may be identical except that one is red and the other not, but they cannot be identical except that one is beautiful and the other not; beauty is thus a supervenient property
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Again, we need to distinguish various senses of our question: the torturing of puppies is wrong because the natural, supervenient property of rightness fails to supervene on the action while the property of wrongness does so supervene on the action; it is also wrong because it fails to maximize utility or the net balance of goodness over badness; and it is also wrong because of the puppies' suffering itself.
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